Thoughts from Kelln


Posted on December 28, 2014

We made it to Phoenix, finally. The drive was fine until 50 miles north of Phoenix. Friday evening, I-17 southbound was closed for about 3 hours. With thousands of others, we just sat there, waiting. Finally, traffic began to move. We were the last trailer allowed to unload at the fairgrounds that night. As always, the hospitality at the ANLS is excellent. We ate the complimentary steak, bacon, sausage, eggs & biscuit breakfast this morning.

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Posted on December 23, 2014

     Saturday was a not-so-fun day around the Kelln Klan’s piece of paradise.  I was hooked up all day, sorting does, building pens, moving does and babies.  Duke was trying to work his barrows that will show at Phoenix next week.  It wasn’t a fun day working barrows.  Yorkie, the best one, was limping.  Couldn’t find anything wrong with him.  Then, Smoker, the big blue barrow was puking.  Afterwards, Duke took Poodle the Duroc

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Things I can do

Posted on December 20, 2014

      I’m not as good as some at a few things and better than most at some other stuff.  But one of the things that I can do is count.  After checking does about 1:30 AM, I knew that something was going on with tag 152.  At 2:20 AM, I decided I better investigate a little closer.  OB glove on, two fingers slid in, then a little farther…yep, there’s some feet.  Time to

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Posted on December 19, 2014

     Sometimes, the goat is an animal associated with the dark lord, satan.  I firmly believe that it is not just any goat but, specifically, a doe goat.  There is not a more evil, destructive animal than a doe goat.  Baby, pamper, provide them with excellent shelter, hay, feed, clean, fresh water and how do they repay you.  By crapping in their water, their feeders, destroying kidding pen panels, hitting kids that stick their

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Come and listen to a story

Posted on December 17, 2014

    About getting old.  It is official!  I am OLD!  I knew that I was getting older, but I hadn’t gotten the memo that I was officially OLD.  Well, it came today.  It was delivered during 7th hour class.  I asked a student if she knew the theme song from the Beverly Hillbillies tv show?  She looked at me with a blank look and shook her head “no”.   What?  Lots of re-runs, even

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Coming early

Posted on December 16, 2014

      Got a set of natural bred does that are due starting this Thursday.  One of them decided to go several days early and had kids on Monday afternoon.  I normally don’t llike to lose a baby, but this time it might have worked out for the best.  The mother actually had triplets.  One was an under-developed still born still in the sack.  Another was a fully developed doe kid that just didn’t

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Posted on December 14, 2014

      Maybe my memory is a little bit foggy, but I don’t ever remember it being this foggy, this often like it has for the past month here in Oklahoma.  It seems like several days of the week have been foggy.  We’re talking less than 1/4 mile visibility, on a regular basis. Maybe, all of this moisture in the air will eventually jumpstart a rain for this part of paradise.  Maybe, just maybe.

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Posted on December 13, 2014

    I sit here at this computer, wondering if I should write, what to write, while an absolute goat industry GIANT, huge in stature, stands only feet away from the keyboard.  Maybe, we need a guest author tonight.  Maybe, not.  Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to call it a night.  

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Posted on December 12, 2014

      People, we have real problems developing right in front of us.  The first problem is not just relegated to goat producers.  It is a REAL 1st-world problem.  We have too many logins and passwords.  Heck, I had to try 4 different times just to login into my own website.  For email, school, work, online auctions and other non-personal websites, I try to keep my logins/passwords somewhat similar.  But, some sites need a

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Posted on December 09, 2014

     For non-stockshow people, it is hard for them to comprehend the amount of dollars spent on a “good one”.  You commonly hear phrases such as “These animals cost THOUSANDS!”  And, “I CANNOT believe how much money people spend on these animals.”   Some would think that we are crazy for the amount of money spent on show animals, show feed, supplements, clippers, heat to keep them warm, vet bills, etc, etc, etc.  I

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